Isn’t Life Wonderful?

by amanda on December 21, 2012

I’m just like everyone else. I have good and bad days. I mean, I understand that we all face obstacles. Believe me when I say that I have definitely met a few of my own, but I was just sitting here thinking about my life. I am so thrilled with how things are going. The moment I realized that my life is in my hands, and only I have the control to make it or break it, everything changed. I have all these wonderful things in my life. My goal is to try every single day to never take the opportunities and people in my life for granted. It’s not easy…I’m only human but the fact is I’m so fortunate. I have so many people in my life who love and support me. I want to give all that positive energy and love back. I feel like when you put goodness out into the world it will always come back to you. My life isn’t perfect and I’m sure bad things will still happen occasionally but without those tough moments, how would I ever learn to appreciate everything else?

In my mind, I am always hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. It’s helped get me through over twenty surgeries, pushing through pain, and so many other things. It hurts having a grown woman stare at you in public or having a small child point and ask what’s happened to you. I’ve learned from these moments though. I never stare at someone or pass judgement about something I don’t understand. I guess my point is, please don’t judge others. Live without preconceived notions. Open your heart to new people and experiences. At the end of the day, no matter how hard it may have been, remember it could have been worse and appreciate what you have. We never know when our life will be over and if possible, we must cherish each day as if it may be our last.

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Kate January 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Hi Amanda! I hope you are well today. I know it hurts to have a child ask what happened to you, but that’s just the honesty of a child. A child will ask while the adult simply stares, which seems more rude to me.

I hope that you answer the child’s question honestly and screw the people who stare.

BTW – I recently had a 4 yr old ask “what happened to your face” after showing him a photo of me when I was in high school – I hadn’t been injured, I just got old (50)!

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james January 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Well People stare at things they do not understand. Look them in the eye and smile and when they turn away ask them if they would like to know what distracted driving causes. I am singular vision and I tell people who stare at me that they should think and not run with scissors or throw things at other children. I have seen kids running with sticks and asked them if they wanna be half blind like me. You have to embrace the new you and then tell people why they should watch what their doing when driving. Be well

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Lizzy May 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi, I was one of the students at Carlisle High school in the smaller audience and I just wanted to say thank you for coming. Your speech really impacted me. I can’t drive yet, but when I do, I know I will always be careful. And to answer your question above…Yes! Life is wonderful! People need to appreciate what they already have and they need to know how to live it to the fullest, but be safe. Thanks again and I hope you have a great time on the Today Show!

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Lynn July 21, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hi Amanda
I just wanted to say that you’re an inspiration to anyone who hears or reads your story! You’re a very strong young woman and you will be blessed for trying to help keep others safe by telling your story. You are AWESOME!!!
God bless you!

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